Romania, between Occident and Orient



Arrival at Bucharest airport. Meet your English speaking guide and start sightseeing tour in Bucharest, including the most interesting sites in Bucharest, like: The Parliament’s Palace (also known as The People’s House, the second largest building in the world, after Penthagon), The Revolution Square, The Opera Square, Victoria Ave and the Triumphal Arch. Overnight in Bucharest.

Meet with your English speaking guide at hotel lobby and drive to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church (built 1512-1517) where the Romanian Kings are buried. Inside are the royal tombs of Romania’s kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and their wives Queens Elizabeth and Mary, as well as tombs of Prince Neagoe Basarab, Prince Radu de la Afumati, and the remains of Saint Philophthea. It is currently the home of the Episcopal Palace of Argesului. A city with a great past, Curtea de Arges succeeded Cîmpulung as capital of feudal Wallachia. Arrival in Sibiu. Visit to Sibiu is a „must” as this was the European Cultural Capital in 2007. Walking tour in the heart of the city. We suggest you take an incursion in the medieval center who has been very well preserved: the Big Square, where in past times big reunions and executions took place, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the fortifications, etc. Overnight in Sibiu.

Drive to Hunedoara and visit Corvin Castle, the largest castle in all East Europe and the only Gothic castle entirely preserved in Romania. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles meet here to create a unique 14th century castle. This picturesque medieval castle stands grand with tall walls and towers next to a river over which a long entrance bridge was built to protect it from invaders. As legend has it Vlad Țepeș (the main character who inspired the story of Dracula) was imprisoned here for 7 years before he married the daughter of the castle owner and took back his reign of Wallachia. The castle also boasts the legend of the raven that held the golden ring in its beak and of the well that took 15 years to dig by Turkish prisoners. Drive to Alba Iulia – considered the spiritual capital of Romania. Alba Iulia was the Residence of the Transylvanian princes and of the Catholic bishops. From 1599 to 1601, Alba Iulia was the capital of the united principalities of Walachia, Transylvania and Moldavia. It was the site of the proclamation of Transylvania’s unification with Romania (1 December 1918) and of the coronation of King Ferdinand in 1922. The Alba Carolina fortress was built between 1714 and 1738 and it is considered to be the most representative baroque, Vauban-type star fortress in Romania and one of the largest of this kind in Eastern Europe. Drive back to Sibiu. Overnight in Sibiu.

After breakfast, we will head off to Sighisoara. On the way you’ll take a detour to visit Biertan, a stunning fortified church built in the 15th century by the Saxons. Part of the UNESCO heritage since 1993, the fortified church of Biertan boasts, beside religious objects, an interesting matrimonial prison! Drive to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe (UNESCO heritage). Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara (Schassburg in German) still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of the many attractions here. Others include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the Clock Tower with its weapons museum, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ. Arrival in Targu Mures. Walking tour in the city centre: Culture Palace, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the famous Teleki library. Overnight in Targu Mures.

Drive to Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries. Begin your day with visit to Voronet Monastery, the most famous painted monastery in Bucovina. Continue with visit to Moldovita Monastery where the UNESCO Golden Apple Award given to the painted churches in 1975, is kept. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The Ladder of John of Sinai is considered one of the best of the frescoes of Sucevita, rarely present in medieval Romanian art. In the village of Marginea visit the black pottery workshop – they use a technique called „oxygen reduction”, there is the same technique in Mexico only! Overnight in Suceava.

Drive to Piatra Neamt, passing by Moldavian villages. Visit Agapia monastery – the greatest monastic complex. Neamt County is an area blessed with many touristic sites: Century-old monasteries, fascinating museums, fortresses and strongholds as well as many natural parks ideal for hiking and wild-life watching. Arrival in Piatra Neamt and visit Baal Shem Tov Synagogue, he only synagogue in Eastern Europe of which the wooden architecture is kept intact and the activity of worship was conducted continuously, although the Jewish community in the area ranged as size. Local legend says that Rabbi Eliezer ben Israel, known as the Baal Shem Tov (1698 – 1760), founder of Hasidism, retired in Ceahlău mountains, and on the sabbath day he descends to pray in the synagogue. Drive to Brasov. Overnight in Brasov.

Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Visit the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Visit the Neolog Synagogue in Brasov. Jews have been in Brasov since 1807, when Aron Ben Jehuda was given permission by the until then restrictive Saxons to live in the city. The Jewish Community of Brasov was officially founded 19 years later, followed by the first Jewish school in 1864 and building of the synagogue in 1901. The Jewish population of Brasov expanded rapidly to 1280 ‘souls’ in 1910 and 4,000 in 1940. Today the community has about 230 members, after many families left for Israel between WWII and 1989. Drive to Bran to visit the famous medieval castle built as a fortress – The „Dracula’s” Castle – for the citizens of Brasov with view to defence the city. Prince Vlad used the Castle as a general headquarters during his incursions in Transylvania. For many years, it has been an interesting medieval art museum. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle was built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212 and it was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel. Drive back to Brasov. Overnight.

Drive to Sinaia, named the Pearl of the Carpathians. Visit the summer residence of the first royal couple, King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth, Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. Visit one of the oldest monasteries in the country, Sinaia Monastery. With a history that goes back 300 years, marked by a special relationship with the royal family, this venerable monastery is a must-see attraction thanks to its two churches built 150 years apart. The monastery and the Old Church were built in 1695 by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino after his trip to the holy grounds of Nazareth and Jerusalem. Profoundly impressed by the image of Saint Catherine Monastery, he decided to dedicate a place of worship to Virgin Mary back home. Located in the dense forests of the Carpathians, the small monastery was named Sinaia, in the memory of Mount Sinai where Moses allegedly received the Ten Commandments. Drive to Bucharest. In the afternoon, walking tour in the old city centre in Bucharest. The tangle of cobbled streets and alleys of this district reminds undoubtedly Paris. It is nice to walk through the little streets if you want to soak up the old Bucharest life. Visit Stavropoleos church. The Church of the Stavropoleos monastery, located in the old center of Bucharest, was completed in 1724 by the Greek monk Loanikie that later became Metropolitan of Stravropola. This is an example of Brancoveanu style, medallions depicting saints decor, floral arabesques painted on the walls and stone laces. We will admire the old architecture in the Lipscani district, including the house that hosts Manuc Inn. Overnight in Bucharest.

Transfer to Bucharest airport. End of our services.


8 nights / sharing a DBL room / 3*/4* hotels.
Note: SGL room is available on request (additional costs apply).

English speaking guide for the entire program.

Note: half board or full board meal plans are available on request (additional costs apply).

Transportation in private car or minibus or bus for the entire program (depending on group size).

Entrance fees to all proposed touristic sites, all local taxes.



International flight tickets are not included.

Travel insurance is not included.

Visa procurement (if needed) is not included.

The following extras are not included:

  • Hotel extras (telephone, Internet, minibar etc.);
  • Drinks (other than mineral water), coffee;
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites;
  • Personal expenses, porterage, tips.


This tour is operated on request only. We are at your disposal no matter if your are an individual interested to take this tour or a tour operator aiming to propose it to your clients.